By Eddy Montilla
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Written by:James Vanderbilt
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Channing Tatum (Cale), Jamie Foxx (President Sawyer) and Joey King (Emily)
Running Time: 137 minutes.
In chess, tactic is the action you take to achieve a particular goal and strategy is the plan you make to carry out your action. White House Down (2013) is full of action, action and more action, but it is hard to find a simple idea to explain how this action and bullets could be possible inside one or the most secure place in the U.S.
How could all these tattooed and slovenly thugs enter and move so freely inside the White House? If Channing Tatum (Cale) had to hand his weapon over, how did the assassins manage to handle their arsenal? And how about the crowd of onlookers inside or just meters away the White House, as if they were watching a Super Bowl half-time show? The biggest mistake that a lot of movie buffs and even directors make is to think that an action movie is a matter of pulling a trigger only. A lot of people love action, but they also love the words why and how.
In my opinion, actors from the “old school”, like Bruce Willis or Sylvester Stallone, for example, have earned the right to be shooting for two hours. For these actors today, showing more of the same, one and a half hours could be enough. Another questionable idea is that Jamie Foxx (President Sawyer), fighting against cigarettes, his sneakers and a basketball court made a comparison with President Obama. To put a markedly political slant on the movie was absolutely unnecessary. Finally, Joey King’s performance (Emily) was very good. You can go and see the bullets and missiles in White House Down if you want, but don’t have every expectation of seeing something very interesting: It’s just more of the same.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.
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